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post #4381 of 4506
I get all the channels with a single pole antenna, unpowered. If you're further away you may need a VHF/UHF antenna but really, if you have the antenna pointed decently, you shouldn't have much trouble. Our transmitter towers are pretty efficient here.
post #4382 of 4506
The HD picture quality on the JAGS game today was horrible. Did anyone else experience the same?. This has been going on for awhile now with all football games on channel 47.
post #4383 of 4506
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Originally Posted by mattq View Post

The HD picture quality on the JAGS game today was horrible. Did anyone else experience the same?. This has been going on for awhile now with all football games on channel 47.

WTEV is an embarrassment. I can't believe CBS lets them get away with such terrible quality. And they don't even have any subchannels! We're a top 50 market, this is simply inexcusable.

I think they're using a first generation, used MPEG encoder they bought from a station that was an early HD-adopter and replaced it with a modern unit. I have no other way of explaining the terrible PQ.
post #4384 of 4506
Anyone know about HDNET/HDNET Movies being added?
post #4385 of 4506
Who do I write to (who can actually make things happen, not just a low level CSR) who would be able to actually answer why we don't MSNBC/HDNET/BBCA HD?
post #4386 of 4506
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Originally Posted by miniz View Post

Who do I write to (who can actually make things happen, not just a low level CSR) who would be able to actually answer why we don't MSNBC/HDNET/BBCA HD?

We have had MSNBC HD for at least six months.

Comcast dropped HDNET and will not be bringing it back.
post #4387 of 4506
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Originally Posted by bubbaprog View Post

We have had MSNBC HD for at least six months.

Comcast dropped HDNET and will not be bringing it back.

MSNBC HD is not on Comcast St. Augustine. I don't understand why. TWC dropped HDNET, not Comcast.
post #4388 of 4506
Look what I found.. on QAM in the clear, even!

post #4389 of 4506
Good Find - wonder how long it will last. NBA HD channel was one for a month or so and now it is gone.
post #4390 of 4506
I just noticed that is side by side - is that the 3d version of Versus HD?

edit - it sure is (since you circled the 3d) - wishing I had 3d tv so I could see this.
post #4391 of 4506
Hi all, I hope this isn't off topic. I live in jax and have the HBU22. I get all the locals, and occasionally I get ION from brunswick. I'm looking at the HBU55 but was wondering if it was worth it.
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
post #4392 of 4506
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Originally Posted by bubbaprog View Post

WTEV is an embarrassment. I can't believe CBS lets them get away with such terrible quality. And they don't even have any subchannels! We're a top 50 market, this is simply inexcusable.

I think they're using a first generation, used MPEG encoder they bought from a station that was an early HD-adopter and replaced it with a modern unit. I have no other way of explaining the terrible PQ.

Not to mention the audio is horrible too!
post #4393 of 4506
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Originally Posted by Gator99 View Post

I just noticed that is side by side - is that the 3d version of Versus HD?

edit - it sure is (since you circled the 3d) - wishing I had 3d tv so I could see this.

Oh I didn't circle it, that was part of the graphic.

That's apparently the Comcast 3D event channel, and it's still in the clear. That broadcast was really hilarious, a lot of the on-air talent testing their equipment, telling dirty jokes, etc. And you could watch the game in 3D without a 3D set if you crossed your eyes just right.
post #4394 of 4506
Does anyone have U-Verse in St. Augustine yet? Where is it available? I see it is hit/miss, depends on street.
post #4395 of 4506
Any idea when WTEV is going to join the 1990s and install a proper 5.1 encoder?
post #4396 of 4506
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Originally Posted by bubbaprog View Post

Any idea when WTEV is going to join the 1990s and install a proper 5.1 encoder?

I wish they would get a better mpeg2 encoder too
post #4397 of 4506
What types of antennas is everyone getting? I guess mostly UHF/short range? This would be for indoor HD. Currently have comcrap for one TV, but will not pay for the others for HD signal. I'm new to pulling it OTA. Do you just head out to the Radioshack or order mostly online? I live in the E. Arlington area and checked, I'm less than 7 miles from most stations.

Thanks.
post #4398 of 4506
You need a VHF/UHF antenna. Three of our channels are VHF: PBS is 7, NBC is 13, ABC is 10. CBS is 19, Fox is 32, WJXT is 42.

Radio Shack is a good source. The hardest stations to get are ABC & NBC, both VHF.
post #4399 of 4506
"What types of antennas is everyone getting?" Well, here's an odd idea: I installed a pretty-small Winegard GS-2200 for someone, about 15 miles out from your stations' towers. (Yes, 4"x7"x47" is "small" in only 2 dimensions, but compared to most outdoor antennas it's small.) It works remarkably well for its size, of course it's inside the second story, 25 feet up. It's quite directional, but at 7 miles out, all your antenna towers are within 10 degrees angle anyway. At 15 miles, indoors, it had just barely enough signal. You don't need its amplifier at your distance, so you could use a Winegard GS-1100 instead.

The reason I mention it, even though you're talking indoors, is that *if* you have the proper orientation, you can actually toss it inside a cabinet or on top of a bookcase (even on top of the kitchen upper-cabinets) and thus it becomes an *invisible* antenna, just like you had with cable! Antenna guys will howl at setting one right on top of a surface instead of free-air mounting, but hey, it works. Sure, set-top antennas have gotten "sleek" these days, but still nothing beats invisible, especially if your secondary TVs already have in-wall cable pulled to them. Purchasing at Radio Shack (Regency Sq.) is certainly convenient for a return, but antennas are cheap, so I usually take the risk of eating it and order from Amazon or Solid Signal to save a few bucks.
post #4400 of 4506
Can I ask a dumb question, that may not be HD-related?

Does anyone notice the signal interruption on WJXT-HD right at 10p each night? The channel goes dark for 3-5 seconds very consistently right at the beginning of the 10p news. I assume some kind of switchover is going on, but from what to what? It's not like they're switching from a national feed--they're leaving a syndicated program (Oprah). At the very least, it strikes me as shoddy work to have it happen as regularly as it does.

I don't know if it happens on the SD feed, I'll check it tomorrow....

My provider is DirecTV, by the way.

Thanks!
post #4401 of 4506
Im having a hard time deciding if I want to switch to U-verse or not. They brought it out to my area on Fleming Island a few months ago. Could save about $30 a month, but at the moment Comcast is working great and has been for a while.
post #4402 of 4506
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Originally Posted by 3In2Out View Post

Im having a hard time deciding if I want to switch to U-verse or not. They brought it out to my area on Fleming Island a few months ago. Could save about $30 a month, but at the moment Comcast is working great and has been for a while.

I changed to UVerse TV last August and kept Comcast Internet and Phone.

At my house the SD picture quality is way better than Comcast and the HD appears to be at least equal to or better than Comcast.

All packages, except for the entry level tier, come with a whole house DVR.

So far I've been pleased with the experience.
post #4403 of 4506
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Originally Posted by 3In2Out View Post

Im having a hard time deciding if I want to switch to U-verse or not. They brought it out to my area on Fleming Island a few months ago. Could save about $30 a month, but at the moment Comcast is working great and has been for a while.

I've had a different experience. I switched from Comcast to U-verse last summer and the PQ for SD is better than Comcast, but the HD PQ is significantly worse, particularly for any programming with fast motion (e.g. sports). This is especially evident when a camera pans across a football field, for instance. U-verse compresses its channels at around 6 Mbps so anything with motion will start to exhibit macroblocking. By contrast, FiOS delivers its channels at full bit-rate (up to 19 Mbps).

If you don't watch much sports, or movies with lots of motion, the PQ is acceptable. I watch a lot of old movies on TCM and for that it's perfectly acceptable. At one point in time, Comcast was passing their feed without additional compression but that has been changing in other markets so it's likely happening here also. Still, I never had issues with macroblocking and pixelation like I have with U-verse.

The whole house DVR is nice and I've had no problems with the U-verse internet and voice, but I'll probably switch back to Comcast when my introductory pricing ends.
post #4404 of 4506
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Originally Posted by mesaboy View Post

Does anyone notice the signal interruption on WJXT-HD right at 10p each night? The channel goes dark for 3-5 seconds very consistently right at the beginning of the 10p news. I assume some kind of switchover is going on, but from what to what? It's not like they're switching from a national feed--they're leaving a syndicated program (Oprah). At the very least, it strikes me as shoddy work to have it happen as regularly as it does.

My provider is DirecTV, by the way.

I watch the 10pm news on WJXT-HD almost every evening and hadn't noticed the symptoms you described. After reading your post, I've been paying particular attention, but my reception (Comcast HD) doesn't seem include the darkout.
post #4405 of 4506
Thanks for checking, jagfan. I just recorded both the SD and HD feeds over DirecTV and compared them. Sure enough, only the HD feed had the blackout. Tonight--just 4 minutes ago--the "Breaking News" graphic was dark on the HD feed only. Since you're Comcast, then I assume DirecTV is doing something there.

Forgot to add: I'll check OTA HD tomorrow night if I remember. But I'm guessing it will be normal.
post #4406 of 4506
Well, I guessed wrong. The WJXT-HD OTA signal also had the interruption. My set put up a "no signal" message during it.

How does the feed on Comcast not get interrupted then?

I wonder what is going on here. Very interesting....

Any guesses? Thanks!

ETA: I emailed Engineering at the station and will relay what they say.
post #4407 of 4506
Guess WJXT doesn't care--no response.
post #4408 of 4506
I'm not surprised. I contacted their weather dept several times requesting that they add the wind forecast to their graphics like their counterparts do. They responded - but with a silly excuse not to.
post #4409 of 4506
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Originally Posted by jagfan
I'm not surprised. I contacted their weather dept several times requesting that they add the wind forecast to their graphics like their counterparts do. They responded - but with a silly excuse not to.
Do you get WJXT-HD OTA? If so, check it out any weeknight...just so you know I'm not crazy.
post #4410 of 4506
Did anybody else have trouble with the Gator - BCU game on comcast TBSHD ?

I couldn't tune the channel until near the end of the game. At least I got to see the final minutes and OT.
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